Jul 292013

Saint Josemaria EscrivaHere is a checklist of 17 ways to check your way of thinking to help you grow into a humble follower of Christ. This list came from the writings of Saint Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei.

  • Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say.
  • Always wanting to get your own way.
  • Arguing when you are not right or — when you are — insisting stubbornly or with bad manners.
  • Giving your opinion without being asked for it, when charity does not demand you to do so.
  • Despising the point of view of others.
  • Not being aware that all the gifts and qualities you have are on loan.
  • Not acknowledging that you are unworthy of all honor or esteem, even the ground you are treading on or the things you own.
  • Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation.
  • Speaking badly about yourself, so that your listeners may form a good opinion of you, or contradict you.
  • Making excuses when rebuked.
  • Hiding some humiliating faults from those trying to help you grow, so they may not lose the good opinion of you.
  • Hearing praise with satisfaction, or being glad that others have spoken well of you.
  • Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you.
  • Refusing to carry out menial tasks.
  • Seeking or wanting to be singled out.
  • Letting drop words of self-praise in conversation, or words that might show your honesty, your wit or skill, your professional prestige.
  • Being ashamed of not having certain possessions.